Texas Christian At A Glance
This is it. The matchup that has been alluded to all season as the biggest test for the Red Raiders this regular season. A 3-game weekend series in Fort Worth against the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU was picked to finish first in the conference, whereas Tech was predicted to be somewhere in the middle of the pack. A strong non-conference record and a good conference record has put Tech in a position to all but clinch the Big 12 regular season title after this weekend. Currently Tech owns a 12-3 record in Big 12 play and TCU has a 10-5 record. With a 2-game lead and only 6 more conference games after this weekend, a series sweep would drop the magic number to clinch the conference at 1. The fate of this regular season is firmly in the Red Raiders hands as they look to bounce back from last weekend's series loss to Texas.
TCU has had an up and down season, losing series in both Stillwater and Austin, but sweeping Oklahoma and West Virginia in Ft Worth. Last season, the Frogs came into Lubbock and won 2 games, but then Tech was able to beat them in the Big 12 Tournament. Standout pitcher and DH Luken Baker was removed from the game last weekend against OSU and has been diagnosed with a muscle strain. He will not be pitching this weekend, but will still be in the lineup where he can do damage, having reached base safely in 11 straight games. Infielder Elliott Barzilli is currently batting .387, good enough for 2nd in the conference behind Red Raider Tanner Gardner.
TCU is a good team, even though they have been beaten by some teams they should have been able to handle. If the Red Raiders can get to their pitching early and often, there's a good chance we win at least 2 games this weekend. However, if we fail to show up like we did against Texas, or make too many errors like we did against ACU, this will be a tough series. There is a chance the game on Friday will be rained out and a doubleheader is played on Saturday, but as for now the series is on as scheduled, with the first 2 games televised.
Game 1, Friday April 29th, 8:00pm (Fox Sports 1)
Dalton Horton (7-0, 2.12 ERA) vs Davis Martin (6-0, 2.39 ERA)
Game 2, Saturday April 30th, 4:00pm (Fox Sports Southwest)
Brian Howard (5-2, 3.88 ERA) vs Steven Gingery (3-1, 3.25 ERA)
Game 3, Sunday May 1st, 1:00pm
Rex Hill (2-2, 5.40 ERA) vs Ty Damron (3-1, 5.89 ERA)